Methodist pastor on Obama interfaith committee

I don’t usually comment on things such as news releases about campaign committees.
But something landed in my inbox today that says a United Methodist pastor from York has joined the Obama-Biden campaign’s Interfaith Steering Committee in Pennsylvania.
The Rev. Drue Sherman, who served Aldersgate UMC in York Township from 1993-2000, is a recently retired pastor with the Central Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church.
Read the entire release at the jump.


Obama-Biden Campaign Announces Interfaith Steering Committee
PHILADELPHIA – The Obama-Biden campaign in Pennsylvania is announcing its Interfaith Steering Committee. The steering committee is made up of a group of priests, ministers, rabbis and other leaders from all parts of Pennsylvania who will talk to their community networks about why they believe Barack Obama should be President and about the role faith plays in Sen. Obama’s life.
PENNSYLVANIA INTERFAITH STEERING COMMITTEE
Rev. John Pfeil, United Methodist Church, Lancaster
Rev. W. Lee Hicks, Pittsburgh
Rev. Drue Sherman, United Methodist Church, York
Pastor David Felty, Disciples of Christ, Washington
Rev. Susan Jamison, Methodist, Lewisburg
Rev. Heather Sigler, Presbyterian, Middletown
Rev. Richard Sigler, Presbyterian, Middletown
Nicholas P. Cafardi, Catholic author and scholar, Pittsburgh
Don Guter, Rear Admiral (Ret.) U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General, Pittsburgh
Rev. Damone Jones, Bibleway Baptist Church, Philadelphia
Rev. Ellis Washington, St. Matthew AME, Philadelphia
Rev. Dr. William Curtis, President Hampton University Ministers Conference, Pittsburgh
Rev. Ellis Washington, Head Blk Ministers Council of Phila and Vicinity
State Rep. Joshua Shapiro, Abington
Rabbi Aaron Bisno, Congregation Rodef Shalom, Philadelphia
Rabbi David Teutsch, former president, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, vice chair of Rabbis For Obama
Rabbi Dayle Friedman, Director Reconstructionst Rabbinical College, Vice Chair Rabbis For Obama
Rabbi Lance Sussman, Congregation Knesseth Israel, Elkins Park
Rabbi Elliot Stram, Shir Ami, Newtown
Father Hank White, Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania
John Carlson, Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, Allentown
Rev. Nathan C. Walker, First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia
Rev. Randy Bush, East Liberty Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh
Rev. Dr. Harold Lewis, Calvary Episcopal Church, Pittsburgh
U.S. Sen. Bob Casey
Rep. Patrick Murphy, Eighth Congressional District

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9 Responses to Methodist pastor on Obama interfaith committee

  1. I am proud to server on the interfaith committee, and do so as an individual. I do not represent my congregation in this role. Please remove my church’s name from this list and replace it with “Unitarian Universalist Minister, Philadelphia.” Thank you. Peace, Rev. Nate

  2. Although I am involved in the campaign in my private life, I would like to correct information about my professional role. I am director of Hiddur: The Center for Aging and Judaism of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College.

  3. Rabbi Dayle A. Friedman says:

    Please note that I am involved with the campaign in my role as a private citizen. My professional role, for identification purposes only, is Director, Hiddur: The Center for Aging and Judaism of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College.

  4. Melissa Burke says:

    Thanks for the corrected info. I just pasted the press release from the campaign, so make sure they know they got it wrong. Thanks!

  5. William McNeal says:

    I am surprised to see United Methodist Pastors supporting Barack Obama with his stand on abortion and other issues that I believe go against the Discipline of the United Methodist Church.

  6. Doug Buchan says:

    Why do we as sons of the most high God,
    Brothers of the messiah the chosen one,
    strive to fit in when we were born to stand out.
    If the world were as bad as WE think, our God would
    End it this instant He has not. SO WHAT ARE WE
    so anxious about.
    It may go agents John Wesley’s Methodism but it fits well with the pastors and bishops leading the church.
    The Methodist church I grew up in and can no longer be a part of has slipped so far down the ecumenical road scents John Wesley’s Aldersgate experience so as to vote for a muslim. He Barack Hosanna Obama said he comes from the line of Ishmael born to Abraham through Hagar maid servant? I am not a biblical scholar but hello. IT is my uneducated understanding that in the koran there are only to kinds of muslims ((one that has studied and understands the Koran)(as Barack Hosanna Obama has)) practicing or Dead witch one is he. Understand if you side with him you side with Father Flager, Jeremiah Write, and Louis Farrakhan
    Let’s get this straight he sat in a church for 20 year and didn’t understand what was happening and we want him to be president? He only will get 4 as president to comprehend. I recognize The Reverend Wesley loved and broke bread with all. But like Christ he did not become a prostitute to work with them.
    Most of superior in the Methodist in the USA have become just that.
    If as a pastor you find a need to lead your little ones astray beware of things being put around your neck and who knows where you’ll be tossed.
    Last uneducated question? Who will hold the Koran at his swearing in Father Flager, Jeremiah Write, Louis Farrakhan, a Rabbi or maybe Ben laden.

  7. Doug Buchan says:

    Why do we as sons of the most high God,
    Brothers of the messiah the chosen one,
    strive to fit in when we were born to stand out.
    If the world were as bad as WE think, our God would
    End it this instant He has not. SO WHAT ARE WE
    so anxious about.
    It may go agents John Wesley’s Methodism but it fits well with the pastors and bishops leading the church.
    The Methodist church I grew up in and can no longer be a part of has slipped so far down the ecumenical road scents John Wesley’s Aldersgate experience so as to vote for a muslim. He Barack Hosanna Obama said he comes from the line of Ishmael born to Abraham through Hagar maid servant? I am not a biblical scholar but hello. IT is my uneducated understanding that in the koran there are only to kinds of muslims ((one that has studied and understands the Koran)(as Barack Hosanna Obama has)) practicing or Dead witch one is he. Understand if you side with him you side with Father Flager, Jeremiah Write, and Louis Farrakhan
    Let’s get this straight he sat in a church for 20 year and didn’t understand what was happening and we want him to be president? He only will get 4 as president to comprehend. I recognize The Reverend Wesley loved and broke bread with all. But like Christ he did not become a prostitute to work with them.
    Most of superior in the Methodist in the USA have become just that.
    If as a pastor you find a need to lead your little ones astray beware of things being put around your neck and who knows where you’ll be tossed.
    Last uneducated question? Who will hold the Koran at his swearing in Father Flager, Jeremiah Write, Louis Farrakhan, a Rabbi or maybe Ben laden.

  8. I find this list interesting. I hope this is just a first list so that others will be added later. Otherwise it looks as if this is a Jewish Christian steering committee. I do not find any Muslim or Hindu or other religious faiths leaders in this list. I do appreciate the initiatives taken by Mr Obama in this regard but I hope this is just a few selected persons from a bigger list!

  9. I find this list interesting. I hope this is just a first list so that others will be added later. Otherwise it looks as if this is a Jewish Christian steering committee. I do not find any Muslim or Hindu or other religious faiths leaders in this list. I do appreciate the initiatives taken by Mr Obama in this regard but I hope this is just a few selected persons from a bigger list!

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